Fake flowers and succulents from a discount home decor store beautify a tabletop. With these "permanent botanicals," Georgia designer Beth Johnson says the homeowners don't have to worry about plants dying when they're not able to visit their second home at the lake.
A rustic stone floor leads to an elegant sitting area with a grand gold mirror. A country-style wood table is accessorized with a mix of tabletop topiaries, succulents and flowers, creating a more casual feel in contrast to the ornate gold mirror.
Faceted glass and copper-finished metal can add warmth to modern decor in a home or outdoor living space. The 9 1/2-inch tall terrarium is sold by Gardener's Supply Co. and could be the focal point of a tabletop or mantle.
To create a stylish centerpiece, fill a compote with water and whole limes, and tuck flowers – stripped of most stems – in amongst the limes. Pinecones, ornaments or fresh, colorful vegetables like artichokes and radishes also serve as sturdy anchors for blooms. In addition to candle-filled votives set casually on the table, succulents placed in water-filled votive cups make charming tabletop decorations.
Just like interior designers do inside the home, infuse an outdoor dining area with texture to make it more attractive. On this porch, the chopped firewood, stone tabletop, vases with rough and glossy stripes and floral-inspired pillows do the job. “I like to bring in as many textures as I can,” says Monica Stewart, a designer in Athens, Ga., who owns The Misfit House. A potted succulent also draws the eye through the space.